Deer can cause serious damage to your property while browsing for a meal. They are not picky eaters and will happily munch on just about anything they can find. In addition to eating plants, deer also rub on young trees and cause damage to the bark. How can you help your plants and property recover from deer damage? And what are some smart ways to prevent deer from causing harm to your property to begin with?
Plant Recovery From Deer Damage
Deer can chew through a lot of vegetables, flowers, and bushes. This sometimes leads to permanent damage of the plants. How? If a plant loses too many leaves, its ability to take in carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water becomes severely impaired. Damage to its main stem or trunk also makes it difficult for the plant to properly distribute vital nutrients.
Even if some of your plants have become victims of hungry deer, you can still help them recover. Put down a fresh layer of topsoil around the plant’s roots and use compost or fertilizer to ensure the plant’s health. In order to successfully recover, the plant should also be protected from future deer damage. Keep them away by using barriers, repellents, and motion detectors.
Tree Recovery from Deer Damage
Young bucks are especially fond of rubbing their antlers on the bark of small trees. Unfortunately, this exposes the vulnerable inner trunk and puts the tree at risk for rotting and dying a slow death. If you have noticed rubbing on the trees in your yard, you need to take action right away to protect them.
Rubbed trees need time to naturally heal themselves. You can help this process along by using a knife to clean away the rough edges left where the bark has been cut. Inspect the cuts regularly for signs of mold or rot. Though trees can die if the damage has been extensive, in most cases the tree will repair the damage itself over time.
Preventing Deer Damage
Preventing deer damage is much easier than trying to repair it afterward. Some of the best ways to keep deer away are to:
Landscape with plants that deer dislike. These include thorny bushes such as holly and plants with strong scents like boxwood.
Install tree wraps. Paper and vinyl wraps can be found at most garden supply centers and will protect young trees from rubbing.
Use repellents and deterrents. Motion detectors that make sound or flash lights will scare deer away. Odor based repellents are very effective as well.
Deer Repellent Packs offer a simple yet powerful way to keep deer off your property. These small packs are filled with granules that put off the scent of deer predator urine. They can be hung from trees, attached to bushes, or placed on stakes throughout your yard. Deer are naturally repelled by their odor but the packs do not cause any damage to your plants or pose a health risk to other animals.
Making an effort to prevent deer damage will save you a lot of frustration. Use natural repellents and other methods to deter deer and protect your yard.